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Wanted Lesotho first lady given an extra day to appear in court in person

She wants her warrant of arrest for the murder of Lipolelo Thabane to be set aside but lawyers for the police and the magistrate who issued the warrant said that unless she appeared, the court could not claim that she was within its jurisdiction.

FILE: Lesotho prime Minister Thomas Thabane (L), leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) political party, his wife 'Ma Isaiah Ramoholi Thabane and Zambian President Edgar Lungu (R) attend Thabane's inauguration on June 16, 2017 in Maseru. Lesotho's new prime minister took office at the head of a coalition government, three years after he was targeted by a putsch and two days after the murder of his estranged wife. Picture: AFP

LESOTHO - The Lesotho high court has given first lady Maesiah Thabane another day to decide if she will come forward.

She wants her warrant of arrest for the murder of Lipolelo Thabane to be set aside but lawyers for the police and the magistrate who issued the warrant said that unless she appeared, the court could not claim that she was within its jurisdiction.

Justice Tseliso Monaphathi gave her lawyers until Wednesday afternoon to respond to demands for her to appear in court in person.

First lady Maesaiah Thabane had asked the court to dispense with its rules and treat her case as urgent.

It appeared that lawyers for the police wanted to test this, so minutes before proceedings began they filed a counter application for her to appear before court to prove that she authorised her lawyers and for the court to be sure she was in its jurisdiction and it had the power to hear her case.

Her lawyers initially insisted that the urgency only applied to their application and not the counter application.

After a brief recess, her lawyers agreed to argue both the demand that she appears and her main application for her warrant to be set aside tomorrow.